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Nicolle Cuellar Takes Tiger Florida Tour Stop #3

Michell Monk, Nicolle Cuellar and Kaylee McIntosh

TFT veteran Nicolle Cuellar reminded everyone that she is a force to be reckoned with when she won the Tiger Florida Tour Stop #3 at Brewlands Bar & Billiards – North in Lakeland, Florida.  Cuellar has consistently finished in the top four, and seemed to be in a dry spell since her last tournament victory.  However, this was Cuellar’s night as she went undefeated to take the win over rising star Kaylee McIntosh, and ending Tour Champion Jeannie Seaver’s three-event winning streak along the way.

Both Cuellar and McIntosh made it to the Final Board undefeated.  McIntosh sent three players west, Erica Pennington 7-2, Deb Teichert 7-2 and Vanessa Seaver 7-6 to get to the Final Board.  Cuellar got past Mimi McAndrews and Jeanie Seaver in two double-hill matches and defeated Michell Monk 7-5.  Seaver and Monk made it back to the redraw, with Monk’s win over Teichert 5-2, and Seaver getting past Stephanie Mitchell 5-1, new-comer Leigh-Ann Bove 5-0 and sis’ Vanessa Seaver 5-3.  McIntosh made the final match winning over Seaver 7-3 and Cuellar overtook Monk 7-4.  Cuellar and McIntosh advanced to the Finals with Cuellar playing almost flawless and winning 7-2.

This event was a Qualifier for the WPBA Sondheim Invitational in Fairfield, Iowa in September. McIntosh won the Qualifier with her second-place finish and great play all day long.  We wish her the best as she plays her first WPBA event in September.

Thanks to owner Larry Walthall, owner of Brewlands Bar & Billiards North for hosting this Qualifier and the hospitality of Manager Doug Barriger and staff!  As always thanks to Jerry Sotelo and Josh Arnold for running a smooth tournament.   Thank you also to Janis Sessions and the Florida Coastal Ladies Tour adding money to the Qualifier spot.  Also, continued thanks to title sponsor Tony Kalamdaryan and Tiger Products, and sponsors Boynton Billiards, AZ Billiards, Simonis Cloth, Stitch It To Me and Brutal Game Gear for their support of the TFT!

 Some of the matches can been seen on the Tiger Florida Tour Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100007959257491.

 

The next scheduled event is the Annual “Cues for the Cure”  breast cancer awareness fundraiser on Oct. 3rd at The Corner Pocket in Largo, Florida.   

The Tiger Florida Tour is a NAPT/WPBA-recognized Division II Women’s Regional Tour. Visit www.tigerfloridatour.com for more information.

Seaver goes undefeated in season-opening tournament on Sunshine State Pro Am Ladies Tour

Jeannie Seaver

Jeannie Seaver has been very active during the pandemic. She’d finished first and third on two stops on the Tiger Florida early in 2020; the win in January and the third place finish in March. She then cashed in two of the WPBA’s Ghost Challenges; 4th place in June and then, third place in the Ghost Tournament of Champions in September. Both of those ghost events were won by Kelly Fisher, who seemed to find a ‘home’ playing against pool’s ‘ghost.’ In October, Seaver won the Tiger Florida Tour’s 12th annual Cues for the Cure event, a breast cancer fundraiser that she has won the last five out of six years (’15-’17, ’19 & ’20). And going into the last weekend  of February, 2021, she’d already won a stop on the Tiger Florida tour and finished 9th at a stop on the Predator Sunshine State Pro Am Tour.

In the first of what Tour Directors Janene Phillips and Nicolle Cuellar are planning on being four events this year, the Sunshine State Pro Am Ladies Tour held an Open tournament on that last weekend in February (Feb. 27-28) at Brewlands in North Lakeland, FL. Jeannie Seaver went undefeated to claim her second 2021 title. The $450-added event drew 26 entrants to Brewlands.

Seaver faced separate challenges in the hot seat and finals of this event. After an opening round bye, Seaver defeated both Sherie Hensley and Sonya Chbeeb 7-3, which set her up to face Candice Garcia in one of the winners’ side semifinals. Nicolle Cuellar, in the meantime, while maintaining her co-tour directing role in the event, downed Lisa Anderson 7-5, survived a double hill fight against Julia Sheerman and dispatched Katie Bowse to the loss side 7-1, to face Kaylee McIntosh in the other winners’ side semifinal.

Seaver advanced to the hot seat match with her third straight 7-3 win, this time over Garcia. Cuellar joined her with a 7-3 win, as well; hers, over McIntosh. Seaver claimed the hot seat 7-2 over Cuellar and waited on what turned out to be the return of McIntosh.

On the loss side, McIntosh picked up Sofia Mast, who’d been sent over in a winners’ side quarterfinal loss to Garcia and then defeated Cami Becker, double hill and Alissia Alvarez 5-2.  Ness Seaver, who’d also lost a winners’ side quarterfinal match, to McIntosh, defeated Ashley Delaney 5-2 and Katie Bowse 5-3.

The quarterfinals set up as a rematch. Ness Seaver eliminated Garcia 5-3, as McIntosh downed Mast 6-1. McIntosh was apparently on a roll, because she not only defeated Ness Seaver a second time, she shut her out. McIntosh completed her three-match trek on the loss side with another rematch, a solid 5-1 victory over Cuellar in the semifinals, and an aggregate loss-side score of 16-2. 

McIntosh carried that momentum with her into the finals against Jeannie Seaver. The two battled to double hill before Seaver completed her undefeated run to claim the event title.

Phillips and Cuellar thanked the staff and crew at Brewlands for their hospitality, and gave a shout out to Central Florida USA Pool League, Poison Cues (for cue donation), Stitch It To Me Embroidery and AZBilliards. The next stop on the Sunshine State Pro Am Ladies Tours is yet to be determined. Stay tuned and check the tour’s calendar for information about the exact date.

Jeannie Seaver Takes Tiger Florida Tour Kick-Off At Brewlands

Stephanie Mitchell, Jeannie Seaver and Sonya Chbeeb

Thirty-six players kicked off the 2021 season of the Tiger Florida Tour women’s 9-Ball event at Brewlands Bar & Billiards South in Lakeland, Florida. Tour Stop #1 drew several new and seasoned players of all skill levels. At the end, Tour Champion Jeannie Seaver went undefeated to win Tour Stop #1!

The women played a modified double-elimination format with four from the one-loss side drawing back into the final four from the winners’ side, onto a single-elimination Final Board, race to seven. Seaver, Stephanie Mitchell, Nicolle Cuellar and Sonya Chbeeb made the Final Board from the winners side. Jeri Bouvette, Dawn Logan, Debbie Hakey and 12-year old Sofia Mast fought back from the one-loss side to make the Final Board.

Seaver played 7-4 matches against newcomer Dawn Ward, veteran Jessica Human and newcomer Debbie Hakey to get to the Final Board. Once there, Seaver matched up against Hakey a second time ending the day for Hakey. Cuellar rolled past Vanessa Seaver, Dawn Logan and Sofa Mast, playing Logan again in the Final Board, sending Logan home this time. Mitchell breezed past newcomer Deanna Laney, Gianna Fiore, newcomer Kim Austin and Lisa Perez. Mitchell sent Bouvette home in the first round on the Final Board. Chbeeb sent Christina Moxley, Michelle Mize, Jeri Bouvette to the one-loss side and then Sofia Mast home in the quarter-finals. Chbeeb got past Mitchell in the Semi-Finals, and after Seaver sent Cuellar home, Seaver played Chbeeb in the Finals with Seaver taking the win.

With all the great play, Sofia Mast stole the show, the youngest TFT member making it to the Final Board and in the money – at 12-years of age. Watch out for this one!

Thanks to all 36 players who came out to the season opener event! A huge thanks to room owner Larry Walthall for hosting our event again this year and his continued support of the TFT! Thanks to Randi Allen, Director of Marketing & Events and staff for helping with the arrangements and making sure our event went off smoothly. Also, thanks to our title sponsor Tony Kalamdaryan and Tiger Products for their continued support of the Tour and players. Thanks also to returning sponsors Boynton Billiards, Great Lakes Billiards, AZ Billiards and Simonis Cloth for their continued support, and to our new sponsors, Stitch It to Me and Brutal Game Gear. Some of the matches can been seen on the Tiger Florida Tour Facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100007959257491

Tour Stop #2 is March 6, 2020 at Stix Billiards in Oldsmar!  See you there!

The Tiger Florida Tour is a NAPT/WPBA-recognized Women’s Regional Tour. Visit www.tigerfloridatour.com for more information.

Cuellar downs Sheerman twice to win first Sunshine State Pro Am Ladies event

Julia Sheerman and Nicolle Cuellar

In what was a ‘first,’ but unlikely to be the last, the Sunshine State Pro Am Tour held a consecutively-run Ladies event, alongside their regularly scheduled Men’s event on the weekend of August 1-2; the tour’s first stop in six months. In addition to acting as a co-tour director for the event, Nicolle Cuellar went undefeated to win the Ladies event, defeating Julia Sheerman twice in the hot seat and finals. As it turned out, it was the second event that was won by one of its directors. The men’s event, which drew 64 entrants (see separate story), was won by co-tour director (with Janene Phillips) Bobby Garza. The $350-added (plus an Acme case to the winner) event drew 25 entrants to Rack’s Billiards in Sanford, FL. The two winners had shared a tie for 5th place in the last event to be held before the pandemic began its regimen of restrictions back in February.

Cuellar’s path to the winners’ circle went first through Katie Bowse (7-2), who would go on to win seven on the loss side to compete in the semifinals. Cuellar advanced to down Lauren Kowalski 7-4 and Gayden Beardsley 7-2 to arrive at a winners’ side semifinal against Becky Yelvington. After being awarded an opening round bye, Sheerman defeated Danielle Fee, 7-2 and survived a double hill battle against Tracey Gagnon, to arrive at her winners’ side final matchup versus Lisa Anderson.

Sheerman advanced to the hot seat match 7-3 over Anderson and was joined by Cuellar, who’d sent Yelvington to the loss side 7-3, as well. Cuellar won the first of her two against Sheerman 7-4 and waited in the hot seat for her return.

Yelvington opened her loss-side campaign against Tracey Gagnon, who’d been defeated by Sheerman and on the loss side, had survived a double hill match against Kowalski and eliminated Christina Moxley 5-3. It was Anderson who picked up Bowse, five matches into her loss-side streak, which had most recently included a shutout over Christine Dufour and a 7-2 victory over Lyn Remsen.

Bowse, who, to the point of her match against Anderson, had given up only eight racks in five loss-side matches, made it eight racks in six matches with a shutout that advanced her to the quarterfinals. Yelvington, apparently in the spirit of things, gave up only one as well to Gagnon and advanced to join Bowse in the quarterfinals.

Yelvington chalked up as many racks against Bowse in those quarterfinals as Bowse’s previous four opponents (5), but it wasn’t enough as Bowse chalked up her requisite 7 racks to earn a shot against Sheerman in the semifinals.

Sheerman, looking for her first (reported) cash payment since finishing 9th in the Amateur division of the 2019 George “Ginky” Sansouci Memorial tournament last year, would not be denied. Bowse put up a fight that came within a game of forcing a double-hill deciding match, but Sheerman prevailed for her second shot at Cuellar.

Sheerman notched a percentage-point better showing in the finals than she had in the hot seat match against Cuellar, but like Bowse in the semifinals, the effort fell short. Sheerman won 36% of the games she played in the hot seat match (4 of 11) and 40% of the games she played in the final (6 of 15). Cuellar actually won more games as a percentage in the hot seat match (7 of 11 for 64%) than she did in the finals (9 of 15 for 60%). Statistics, though, don’t always tell the whole story. This one ended with Cuellar completing her undefeated run to claim the first Sunshine State Pro Am Tour women’s title.

Phillips and Garza thanked Pedro Botta and his staff at Rack’s for their hospitality, as well as title sponsor Predator Group, Stitch It To Me Embroidery, Diamond Billiard Products, Central Florida USA Pool League, X-treme Pool (which streamed selected matches of the event) and AZBilliards. The next stop on the Sunshine State Pro Am Tour is to be determined. Phillips and Garza are discussing safety protocols and other issues with the potential host to clarify procedures and solidify the date. Check the tour’s Facebook page for further information.

Jessica Barnes Wins Tiger Florida Tour Stop #2 at Brewlands Billiards

Jessica Barnes, Doug Barriger (Manager), Nicolle Cuellar and Sherie Hensley

Thirty-two women convened in central Florida at Brewlands Billiards North in Lakeland for the Tiger Florida Tour Stop #2 on Saturday where Jessica Barnes clinched the win, the money, the trophy and the paid entry to the WPBA Sledgehammer event!

Once again, the competition was tough with several new players joining the ranks of the Tiger Florida Tour women’s semi-pro 9-Ball tour for the first time.  The women played a modified double-elimination format, where the final four from the one-loss side drew back into the final four from the winners’ side, onto a single-elimination Final Board.  The one-loss final four saw Nicolle Cuellar draw Sonya Chbeeb; Michell Monk matched up against Jeannie Seaver; Lisa Cosette drew Jessica Barnes and newcomer Sherie Hensley drew Jeri Bouvette.

Barnes made it to the Final Board undefeated, then played two nail-biting matches edging out Lisa Cossette 7-6 in the quarterfinal and Nicolle Cuellar 7-6 in the semi-final to make it to the final match.  Hensley, who played steady all day long, got past two top TFT players, Helene Caukin 7-5 and Michell Monk 7-5, before losing to Seaver 7-2. Hensley defeated Derek Folds 5-2  on the left side to advance to the Final Board. Once there, Hensley made it past Jeri Bouvette 7-4, and then matched up with Seaver again, this time knocking out Seaver in a hill-hill match after Seaver scratched in the side pocket, putting Hensley in the final match against Barnes.  After a long day for both players, Barnes took the match 7-2 over Hensley.

Barnes won the paid entry to the Sledgehammer Open, courtesy of Janis Sessions and the Florida Coastal Ladies Tour.  Stephanie Mitchell won the paid entry to the Super Billiards Expo Women’s Pro-9-Ball event, and Hensley won the paid entry to the Super Billiards Expo Women’s Amateur 9-Ball event.

Thanks to everyone who came out to the TFT event!  A huge thanks to room owner Larry Walthall and Mike Dauskart for hosting our event again this year and their continued support of the TFT!  Our appreciation to Manager Doug Barriger and staff, and Randi Allen, Director of Marketing & Events for helping our event go smoothly.  Also, thanks to our title sponsor Tiger Products for their continued support of the tour/players; thanks also to Boynton Billiards, Great Lakes Billiards, AZ Billiards and Simonis Cloth for their continued support! And thanks again to Janis Sessions and the Florida Ladies Coastal Tour for sponsoring the entry to the Sledgehammer Open. Some of the matches can been seen on the Tiger Florida Tour Facebook page.

Tour Stop #3 is May 2, 2020 at Stix Billiards in Oldsmar!  See you there!

The Tiger Florida Tour is a NAPT-recognized Division II Women’s Regional Tour. Visit www.tigerfloridatour.com for more information.

Jeannie Seaver Wins Tiger Florida Tour Stop #1 At Brewlands

Helen Caukin, Nicolle Cuellar and Jeannie Seaver

The Tiger Florida Tour kicked off the 2020 season at Brewlands Billiards South in Lakeland, Florida, with 30 players turning out and where Jeannie Seaver took top honors, in more ways than one!

This event drew tough competition from out of state including US Amateur Champion Lisa Cossette, Marianne Merrill and Kelly Nickl, as well as several strong local players and newcomers. The tournament could have been won by any one of at least a dozen different players – the competition was that tough!  In the end, and to no one’s surprise, Seaver won Tour Stop #1, and is four-for-four on the Tiger Florida Tour!

The women played a modified double-elimination format. The final four from the one-loss side drew back into the final four from the winners’ side, onto a single-elimination Final Board, race to seven.  Early upsets saw top TFT players Stephanie Mitchell and Michell Monk, also a former US Amateur Champion; Sonya Chbeeb and Debbie Teichert leave the tournament early.

Caukin played flawlessly all day, and showed everyone that she came to win – with a surprise 7-3 win over Seaver early in the day.  Caukin, Carrie Vetrono, Jessica Human and Lisa Cossette reached the Final Board undefeated.  Nicolle Cuellar, Shanelle Loraine, Seaver and newcomer Christina Moxley reached the Final Board from the one-loss side.  In the first round of the Final Board, Cuellar knocked out Vetrono; Moxley lost to Human, Caukin ended the day for Loraine, who shot lights out all day in one of her best events; and Cossette was stopped by Seaver.

In the semi-finals, Caukin defeated Cuellar 7-4; Human lost to Seaver 7-2, leaving Caukin versus Seaver in a rematch that Seaver took in Seaver-style 7-4.  In addition to winning Tour Stop #1, Seaver’s top-line play, winning three of five events in 2019, also earned her the 2019 Tiger Florida Tour Champion title once again.  Seaver’s win also earned her the paid entry to the Super Billiards Expo Women’s Pro 9-Ball tournament.

Three paid entries to the Super Billiards Expo Women’s Amateur 9-Ball event, courtesy of Janis Sessions and the Florida Coastal Ladies Tour, were won by Cossette, Loraine and Moxley.

Thanks to all 30 players who came out to the TFT event! Thanks to room owners Larry Walthall and Mike Dauskart for hosting our event again this year and their continued support of the TFT – and for going non-smoking!

Thanks to Randi Allen, Director of Marketing & Events and staff for helping with the arrangements and making sure our event went off smoothly.  Also, thanks to our title sponsor Tiger Products for their continued support of the tour/players; thanks also to Boynton Billiards, Great Lakes Billiards, AZ Billiards and Simonis Cloth for their continued support! And thanks again to Janis Sessions and the Ladies Coastal Florida Tour for sponsoring the amateur entries at the SBE, and thank you to Nicolle Cuellar, Stitch It To Me, for the embroidery on the TFT Member shirts.  Some of the matches can been seen on the Tiger Florida Tour Facebook page.

Seaver Wins 3 In A Row At Tiger’s “Cues For The Cure!”

Stephanie Mitchell, Michell Monk, Kelly Cavanaugh, Vanessa Seaver & Jeannie Seaver

For the third time in a row this year, Jeannie Seaver went undefeated to win the Tiger Florida Tour’s 11th Annual “Cues for the Cure” breast cancer awareness fundraiser. Thirty-two women played in pink at this $1,150-added event which benefitted Susan G. Komen, Florida. 
 
 
The event was a modified double elimination format, playing down to four on each side.  Four players from the loser’s side drew back into the winners’ side into a final single elimination board.  On the winners’ side, Seaver got past Amanda Mungeon, Denise Reeve and edged past Nicolle Cuellar in a double hill match to get to the Final Board.  Also making it to the Final Board on the winners’ side – Lisa Cossette, sending Marge Soash west, followed by Sonja Chbeeb and Kelly Cavanaugh; and Michell Monk got past Gianna Fiore, Dawn Logan and Deanna Frost. Vanessa Seaver also made it to the Final Board undefeated, winning over Stephanie Mitchell, Jennifer Berzinski and Deb Teichert. 
 
The final four from one-loss side – Kelly Cavanaugh, Nicolle Cuellar, Jeri Bouvette and Deanna Frost – redrew into a single elimination bracket race to seven.  In a blind draw, Cavanaugh drew Monk, Cuellar drew Vanessa Seaver, Bouvette matched up with Jeannie Seaver and Foster played Cossette.  Cavanaugh advanced to the semi-finals with a win over Monk 7-5, Vanessa Seaver ended the day for Cuellar 7-4, Foster stopped Cossette 7-4 and Jeannie Seaver said good night to Bouvette 7-2.  That left Jeannie Seaver against Deanna Foster in the semi-finals, with Seaver wining 7-3.  Kudos to Foster who made the money for the first time! Cavanaugh won the match against Vanessa Seaver 7-4, ending the potential match up of the Seaver sisters as in 2016.  In the Final match, Jeannie Seaver cranked it up to win the final match over Cavanaugh 7-4.  This win also secured the TFT Tour Champion title for Seaver, back on top again!
 
It was great to see so many new faces and players from the past, several players from around the state and out of state, and two young 9-Ball future stars, Giana Fiore and Sophia Mast.  All players received Cues for the Cure T-shirts. Thank you to everyone who participated and helped make this a great event – we could not have done it without your support!  All monies raised from the raffle and games benefits Susan G. Komen, Florida.  
In particular, we thank our title sponsor Tiger Products; Simonis Cloth; Stich It To Me; The Bay Area APA; Relocations & Estate Sales by Dixie; Boynton Billiards; AZ Billiards; Great Lakes Billiards, Bill Dunsmore and Susan G. Komen, Florida.  Of course, a huge thanks to Stephanie Mitchell for all her hard work in helping to make this a successful event and for hosting this event again. Thanks to the staff at The Corner Pocket for their great service! Thanks to Nicolle Rasmussen for her hard work on the T-shirts! Thanks to Jerry Sotelo for running another great tournament!
 
Portions of the matches can be viewed at  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e-tdcEQ9Al4.
 
Results – $1150-added
1st Jeannie Seaver $650
2nd Kelly Cavanaugh $400
3d/4th Vanessa Seaver $225
3d/4th Deanna Foster $225
5th/8th Michell Monk $150
5th/8th Nicolle Cuellar $150
5th/8th  Lisa Cosette $150
5th-8th Jeri Bouvette $150
 
The top APA players -$50 each:
 
1 – 3 winner – Dixie Sutton
4 – 5 winner – Erika Pennington
6 – Christina Rodriguez Miller
 
Winner of the M&Ms – Stephanie Mitchell
Winner of the Hershey Kisses – Giana Fiore
 
The Tiger Florida Tour is a NAPT-recognized Division II Women’s Regional Tour.
 

Jessica Barnes wins Tour Stop 2 at Shooters Billiards

Asia Cy, Roe Guarnero and Jessica Barnes

Twenty-six players turned out to compete at the Tiger Florida Tour Stop #2 at Shooters Billiards in Port St. Lucie. After a long day on these tight Diamond tables, Jessica Barnes with the lead but ending up in a hill-hill final match against Asia Cy to take the win!  This day saw several surprising early knockouts as top players Michell Monk, Nicolle Cuellar, Jeannie Seaver, Crystal McCormick and Stephanie Mitchell were all out of the money.
 

The women play a modified double elimination format. The final two from the one-loss side redraw back into the final two on the winners' bracket. The Final Board is a single elimination race to seven. Barnes and Cy made it to the Final Board undefeated. Roe Guarnero and Vanessa Seaver came from the one-loss side. Seaver lost to Barnes and Guarnero lost to Cy, leaving Barnes v. Cy in the Final match. Both women played brilliantly all day, with the lateness of the night starting to show. Finally, however, Barnes won the double-hill match and Tour Stop #2. 
 
Thanks to all the players who turned out for this opening event and all the new players who we hope to see at our next event!  A huge shout out to our title sponsor Tiger Products; and sponsors Great Lakes Billiards, Ultimate Chalkers, Boynton Billiards, Simonis Cloth and AZ Billiards. Thank you to room owner Dave Cintron for hosting us again!  Videos of the matches can be viewed on our Stream page or at YouTube and YouTube.
 

Shanelle Lorraine Breaks Thru On The TFT

Stephanie Mitchell, Jeannie Seaver, Shanelle Lorraine and room own David Cintron

“First” was the theme on Saturday as 31 players came together after Hurricane Irma – the first Category 5 hurricane to hit Florida since 1992 – to compete at Tour Stop #5 on the Tiger Florida Tour.   This was the first TFT event and the first women’s event hosted by the brand new Shooters Billiards in Port St. Lucie.
 
Players competed on 9 ft’ shimmed Diamond tables that contributed to an extra long night for some. The TFT plays a modified, double elimination format, playing down to four on each side. The four on the one-loss redraw back into the winners’ side into a Final Board of 8, single elimination race to 7.
 
Early upsets saw Becky Yelvington send Stephanie Mitchell west 7-5, Katie Bowse handed Shanelle Lorraine her only loss 7-2, and Julia Spinella prevailed over Nicolle Cuellar 7-2. The four players from the winners’ side included Yelvington, Michell Monk, Jessica Human and Roe Guarnero. Making it to the Final Board of 8 from the one-loss side – Jeannie Seaver, Lorraine, Cuellar and Mitchell.  Mitchell drew Guarnero, winning 7-5; Cuellar won over Monk in another 7-5 match; Seaver matched up with Yelvington, ending Yelvington’s night 7-4; and Lorraine drew Human, taking the match 7-5.  That left Seaver versus Cuellar in the semi-finals, which ended in a 7-3 loss for Cuellar; and Mitchell losing to Lorraine on the hill 7-6.  
 
The final match came down to Seaver v. Lorraine.  Being in the semi-finals was Lorraine’s best finish ever.  However, it was unusually late so the two finalists agreed to a one-game sudden-death match for the win, points and title. People who know these two players would likely have put the odds on veteran player Seaver to win the game.  Seaver won the lag for the break. She made the one and the three-ball but didn’t have much of a shot afterwards as the cue ball stopped, tied up to the two ball.  Seaver played a safe, pushing the two into the side rail and sending the cue ball up and back down half the table. Lorraine tried to cross bank the two and the cue ball hit the nine, sending it straight to the same pocket as the two-ball and just when it looked like the nine might go in, it collided with the two, leaving the two in front of the side pocket. 
 
Seaver took the table back and proceeded to make the two in the side, getting shape for the four in the opposite corner pocket, then pocketing the five with a bridge in the opposite corner and leaving herself with a long shot on the six, which was on the rail back toward the opposite end of the table.  Seaver over-cut the six trying to get shape for the seven, knocking the six down to the end rail and then up to the other of end the table, but — hiding the cue ball.  Lorraine was forced to kick at the six and kick she did – making the six in corner pocket. But now she didn’t have a good shot on the seven which was close to the long rail on the other side. Trying a thin back cut towards the opposite corner pocket, the cue ball hit the seven then went to the bottom rail and came back, hitting the seven as it was headed towards the pocket, and knocking the seven close to the side pocket.  
 
Seaver was back at the table again, always a dangerous situation to be in – Seaver at the table with only three balls left. She made the seven in the side, but didn’t quite get on the right side of the eight. Seaver was forced to make the eight in the same side pocket drawing the cue ball up and down table and with the cue ball resting almost center table for a spot shot on the nine in the corner pocket.  Seaver shot at the nine but overcut it, hitting the nine into the lower side rail and leaving it just off the bottom rail.  The cue ball ended up at the opposite end of the table.  Lorraine had little choice with so much space between the cue ball and the nine – play safe or go for the bank. After sizing up the shot, Lorraine aimed and made a perfect bank on the nine to win her first event on the Tiger Florida Tour!
 
Thanks to everyone who turned out for this event.  We also thank our title sponsor Tiger Products; and sponsors Great Lakes Billiards, Ulterior Chalkers, Boynton Billiards, AZ Billiards and Discount Mugs. Thank you to room owner David Cintron and his wife, Denise; room manager Joanne Colpitts (not pictured); Jeff and Cassie Howell, Treasure Coast APA League owners, and all the staff at Shooters Billiards for being great hosts! 

Debbie Mcintosh Wins First Tiger Florida Tour Stop

Debbie McIntosh and Nicolle Cuellar

A new face emerged as the one to beat at Tour Stop 2 of the Tiger Florida Tour at Boulevard Billiards in Ocala.  Debbie McIntosh came from the one loss side to win this $500-added, modified double elimination format.  Debbie is relatively new to the Tour and played only a few times last year.  Most players are more familiar with her teenage daughter, Kayee, who also plays on the TFT and who is emerging as one of the top junior players in the country. Kaylee finished 5th-6th.
 
Debbie McIntosh surprised many, winning over newcomer Gwen Sharpton (7-1), taking the hill-hill match from top TFT player Stephanie Mitchell, before losing on the hill to “Mike” Fitzgerald. On the one-loss side, McIntosh challenged another top player, Michell Monk (5-2), earning her way back to the single elimination board. McIntosh drew Fitzgerald again, but this time McIntosh prevailed (7-5) to take on Nicolle Cuellar in the finals. 
 
Cuellar’s path to the finals started by sending Margarita Makeeva to the one-loss side (7-2), followed by CameRon Cook (7-1), and then meeting Kaylee McIntosh in a lengthy double-hill match.  Once on the single elimination board, Cuellar ended the day for Mitchell in another lengthy double hill match in the semi-finals.  Cuellar’s match in the finals with McIntosh wasn’t easy, and a few mistakes cost Cuellar the win against McIntosh, who was playing lights out.
 
Thanks to the players who turned out for this event.  We thank our title sponsor Tiger Products; and sponsors Great Lakes Billiards, Ultimate Chalkers, Boynton Billiards, AZ Billiards and Discount Mugs. Thank you to room owner Donald Krischer and everyone at Boulevard Billiards for being great hosts!